Homesick Candles: Smelling Home

We recently took a trip back to Kristen’s hometown to celebrate her parents’ 40th wedding anniversary.  It was a low key event but it was definitely nice to see everyone again.  Kristen grew up in Michigan and I went to school in Michigan (that’s how we met) and there’s something awfully familiar about the sights and smells of the place.  Corn was in almost full abundance when we went so the air smelled “corny” – a cross between the smell of a corn husk coupled with dirt.  Sounds weird I know but my wordsmith skills only get me so far.

Being back in Michigan made me think about Massachusetts where Kristen and I moved to after school and spent 5 amazing years in.  We loved it and would move back in a heartbeat.  That’s saying a lot considering we aren’t the biggest fans of snow which Boston gets a lot of.   Living in the midwest is hard after coming from the east coast.  The lack of seafood (here’s a shoutout of our favorite Boston seafood joint, Neptune Oyster!), the lack of the hustle and bustle of city life and while we love the friendly people from the midwest, its weird that I sometimes miss the “hey watch it” tone of folks as they rush through streets to get to work.

All this makes me love the idea of homesick candles which was started by a group of friends who relocated from the states that they loved.  Here are some of my favorites:

Michigan of course:  Takes you back to The Wolverine State, with scents reminiscent of indian summers, cherries, and chocolate.  Mmm chocolate.

Massachusetts:  Go Red Sox!  Apple cider doughnuts and Dunkin coffee – ah yes Dunkin coffee – in my books, Starbucks doesn’t hold a candle (pun intended) to Dunkin.  I would have however liked a lobster roll candle.

Indiana:  This is where we live now.  Kettle corn, hay and denim – I guess that’s what the hoosier state smells like!

Norcal:  I spent time here during my internship in the Valley and after Massachusetts, its my favorite state in the land!  Pear and redwood is exactly how Napa smells like!

Which state would you burn a candle for?  Which states holds a candle to your home state?